Town Comes Together to Give Teen Battling Cancer An Unforgettable Sweet 16

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

Thanks to the caring businesses in Erika's town, she's going to get the 'Sweet 16' of a lifetime.

Erika, who has cancer, was treated to a day of makeovers, love, and dancing to celebrate her birthday!

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), in partnership with KiDS NEED MoRE and Cactus Salon and Day Spa, provided Erika and eight of her friends with a "Day of Beauty" before her Sweet 16 celebration. Cactus Salon and Day Spa in Smithtown, NY donated hair and makeup services to the young ladies while FREE provided refreshments from Terry's Cafe and goodie bags with jewelry from their retail shop, Fancy FREE.

KiDS NEED MoRE is an organization that seeks to make beautiful memories for families facing cancer and serious illness. 

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) was founded in 1977 to benefit and support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury with the mission of assisting individuals of all abilities to realize their full potential providing a diverse array of supports and services including housing; recovery services; transition to work; employment; day, community and family services; respite; crisis services; education and after-school support; specialty health services; and advocacy.

For more information, please call 516-870-7000 or visit

To become a volunteer and do MoRE with KIDS NEED MoRE, call 631.608.3135 or visit